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Updated 26 August 2021

While the Saudi border reopening on 17th May means restoring international travel, the Saudi government will continue to suspend flights to and from a list of countries where the pandemic situation remains detrimental.

Among the list of 17 countries to be temporarily suspended from entering Saudi Arabia beyond the 17 May flight reopening date is India. What does this mean for Saudi Arabia – India flight and travel? When will travel resume between the two countries? Here are the latest Saudi – India flight news. 

India’s current travel restrictions

The Government of India has suspended all international scheduled flights since 23 March 2020. Scheduled commercial international flights have been suspended till the 31 August.

Can Saudis fly to India now?

Certain categories of Foreign National are permitted to enter India, including but not limited to the following:

  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and PIO card holders.
  • All foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose, including their dependents on appropriate category of dependent visa, except those on Tourist Visa.
  • All existing visas, except electronic visas (e-Visa), Tourist Visa and Medical Visa, which remained suspended shall stand restored with immediate effect.

Residents and citizens under the Vande Bharat mission will also be granted entry.

 

Saudi Arabia’s current travel restrictions

Saudi Arabia will soon reinstate international travel to and from the country. However, as per the official circular, the restrictions will remain in place for the following countries:

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Libya
  • Syria
  • Lebanon
  • Yemen
  • Iran
  • Turkey
  • Armenia
  • Ethiopia
  • Somalia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Afghanistan
  • Venezuela
  • Belarus
  • India
  • Vietnam

Authorities have stated that that the temporary suspension extends to all travellers with a travel history of passing or transiting through any of the 16 countries during the past 14 days prior to requesting entry to Saudi Arabia.

Can Indians fly to Saudi Arabia now?

Saudi Arabia will be retaining its ban on flights to and from India beyond its 17th May flight reopening date. The only exceptions are Saudi nationals their families looking to return to the Kingdom, diplomats, health practitioners along with their families.  

 

Saudi Arabia – India expected flight schedules

Due to the latest COVID situation in India, the prohibition of regular international flights to the country imposed by the Indian government remains in effect.

This means that those who can currently enter India from Saudi Arabia are Indian nationals, those moving to the country as residents, and those who qualify for visas other than tourist visas.

Saudia Airlines has scheduled flights from Jeddah, Riyadh and Madinah to Indian cities such as Delhi and Mumbai. 

  • Jeddah – Delhi up to five daily flights available some days of the week
  • Jeddah- Mumbai up to five daily flights available thrice a week
  • Riyadh – Delhi up to five daily flights available once to twice a week
  • Riyadh- Mumbai up to three daily flights available once to twice a week
  • Madinah – Delhi up to two daily flights available twice a week
  • Madinah- Mumbai up to two daily flights available thrice a week

Please visit the airline’s official webpage for the full schedule.

 

India – Saudi Arabia expected flight schedules

While travelling from Saudi Arabia to India may still be possible beyond the 17th of May, travellers looking to enter Saudi Arabia from India will not be granted entry unless they are Saudi citizens and their families and accompanying workers, diplomats, health practitioners and their families.  

As of late, there’s still no definitive date for when Indians will be able to travel to Saudi Arabia. As such Air India currently only displays domestic flight schedules on their website. However, Spice Jet and Saudia Airlines do display flight schedules from cities in India to cities in Saudi Arabia. 

Saudia Airlines has multiple daily flights available for the month of October departing from Delhi, Mumbai and other prominent airports to cities in Saudi Arabia the likes of Jeddah, Riyadh and Madinah. 

  • Delhi – Jeddah up to one flight available twice a week
  • Mumbai- Jeddah up to one flight available twice a week
  • Delhi – Madinah up to one flight available twice a week
  • Mumbai- Madinah up to one flight available thrice a week
  • Delhi – Riyadh up to two flight available 5 times a week
  • Mumbai- Riyadh one flight available twice a week

Please visit the airline’s official webpage for the full schedule.

Spicejet operates flights to cities in Saudi Arabia including Jeddah and Riyadh, mostly after September 31. The schedule mostly consists of multiple daily flights departing from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

  • Delhi – Riyadh twice daily
  • Mumbai – Jeddah from two to three daily flights
  • Bangalore – Jeddah up to three flights daily

Please visit the airline’s official webpage for the full schedule.